How to Toast Pine Nuts

Two easy ways to toast your pine nuts—both under 5 minutes!

Bowl of Toasted Pine Nuts with Some Scooped onto a Spoon

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Although pine nuts are most commonly used to make Italian pesto, they have much more to offer. This tiny, tender nut can add a pop of flavor to cookies, texture to salads, and depth to many other dishes. I like to toast my pine nuts before using them, since it bumps up the buttery taste, golden color, and crunch. 

Toasted Pine Nuts

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Pine Nut Fast Facts

You might be surprised to learn that pine nuts aren’t a nut at all, but an edible seed from pine trees. Here are a few other tidbits that are worth knowing about this mighty little nut:

  • They are notably oily, so it’s important to store them in the refrigerator or freezer to extend their shelf life.
  • The natural fats in the nuts means you don’t have to oil the pan when you toast them.
  • Pine nuts are delicate and can easily burn when toasted, so keep a close eye when you’re at the stove. 
  • Pine nuts are sweet, similar to cashews. If they taste bitter, it’s likely they’re rancid and should be tossed. 

Two Easy Ways to Toast Pine Nuts

You can choose your own adventure: Either toast them in a 350°F oven or in a skillet on the stove. The recipe below is for 1/2 cup of pine nuts, but you can scale the amount up or down depending on your need. 

Toasted Pine Nuts on a Skillet

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How to Use Toasted Pine Nuts

Once you have your nuts toasted, stash them in a jar and pull them out to scatter over hummus or avocado toast, atop yogurt or oatmeal, or in any of the following tasty recipes: 

How to Toast Pine Nuts

Prep Time 1 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 6 mins
Servings 4
Yield 1/2 cup

Cook time ranges from 3 to 5 minutes.


  • 1/2 cup raw pine nuts


Toast Pine Nuts in Oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Bake the pine nuts:

    Spread pine nuts on a roomy baking sheet—the size doesn’t matter as long as they are spread out without overlapping. Bake until the nuts are deeply golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Shuffle the nuts with a spatula about halfway through baking. Keep a close eye on them, since they can easily burn.

    Raw Pine Nuts on a Baking Sheet

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  3. Cool: 

    Leave pine nuts on the baking sheet until completely cooled.

    Toasted Pine Nuts on a Baking Sheet

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Toast Pine Nuts on Stove Top

  1. Toast on skillet:

    Set a medium skillet on the stove over medium heat. When the skillet is hot, add the pine nuts, spreading them out into an even layer. After 1 minute, use a spatula to stir the pine nuts to get all sides deeply golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Don’t walk away from the stove, since they can quickly burn.

    If the pine nuts brown too quickly, pull the skillet off the heat or reduce the heat.

    Raw Pine Nuts Being Toasted on a Skillet

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    Toasted Pine Nuts on a Skillet

    Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

  2. Cool:

    Transfer the pine nuts to a plate to cool.

    Toasted Pine Nuts on a Plate

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Store the Pine Nuts
  1. Transfer to a container:

    Transfer the cooled pine nuts into a jar or lidded other container with a tight seal and store in the fridge or freezer for up to 3 months.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
114 Calories
12g Fat
2g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 114
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 101mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.